Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2009

The Ignoring of Muslim Leaders

No, not the ignorance of Muslim leaders but the ignoring of them. Just recently I had a conversation with someone who is generally pretty aware of the world, certainly far more than the average American. He’s not some gung ho war supporter or a xenophobe at all. But he did say, at one point while…

Madison, Wisconsin — already one of the coolest towns in the country — just got a little more interesting. My buddy Skip Evans sends along the following: Building on the success of Madison Science Pub (madsciencepub.org), the organizers of that event have launched Pub Politico, a brand new monthly event starting January 10, 2010, that…

That’ll Teach Em!

C-Span takes call ins on Christmas Eve morning for opinions about the health care reform bill and this wingnut from Kansas calls in to say that she has taken down her Christmas tree and wreaths and lights in protest of the passage of the bill because “this is supposed to be a nation under God.”…

Now THIS is How You Pull a Poe

I’m sure you’ve seen by now that Sen. Tom Coburn, on the floor of the Senate, urged people to pray that one of the Democrats would be unable to show up to vote for cloture on the health care bill. You may also know that on a related vote, Sen. James Inhofe, a far-right Republican,…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From David Barton, in a radio interview: “Out of 182 nations at the UN this year, America is the only nation in the world that does not average a revolution every 30 to 40 years. We’re the only nation where we never have to think about having a new government in our lifetime, a revolution.”…

Youtube Gems: Monty Python

Youtube has lots of wonderful old Monty Python sketches. Here are a couple of my favorites, starting with the cheese shop sketch:

Dumbass Quote of the Day

Newsweek has an interview with Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a prospective candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2012. He had lots of dumb things to say: Let me ask you about social issues your party has been dealing with. In her book, Palin claims that McCain’s handlers wanted her to be silent about…

Pat’s Immunity to Irony and Dissonance

Yes, this post is about Pat. Don’t read it if you’re tired of reading about him. But I’m writing it because I think this is a poster child example of a common attribute in this country, where some people seem to be entirely immune to irony or cognitive dissonance. Pat has displayed this trait in…

Atheist Display Attacked in Illinois

A man tried to take down an atheist sign put up at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield along with a Christmas display, a Festivus pole and other similar displays. The police did their job and protected the display. A conservative activist and Illinois comptroller candidate was escorted from the Illinois State Capitol building Wednesday…

Most importantly, Happy Festivus! Let the feats of strengths begin! This is just an open thread for everyone to wish each other a wonderful day. It really doesn’t matter what the reason is for gathering together with family and friends and sharing a meal and the kindness of gifts. Whatever the pretense, it’s a good…